AMD's Navi2x refresh allegedly launching in April, but would not include an upgraded RX 6800 XT model
Later this year, AMD is expected to launch the Navi 3x (RDNA3) lineup of gaming GPUs, but, before that, Team Red is also supposed to release a quick refresh for the Navi 2x cards. Multiple sources like Moore’s Law Is Dead on YouTube, plus Coreteks and Greymon55 on Twitter have already confirmed that the refreshed cards should release under the Radeon RX 6x50XT denomination. Additionally, Coreteks and now MLID are suggesting that there will be no upgrade for the RX 6800/XT SKUs; however, information on the exact release window for each upgraded SKU is still hazy.
With the RX 6850 XT out of the picture, the refreshed lineup would only include full-die models like the RX 6950 XT, 6750 XT and 6650 XT. These new SKUs would primarily get upgraded with 18 Gbps GDDR6 VRAM, so the RX 6500 XT that already features the faster VRAM would not get a refresh either. Apparently, AMD is confident that the existing RX 6800 cards are enough to compete with Intel’s upcoming top-of-the-line ARC Alchemist GPUs.
MLID is further suggesting that AMD will first release the RX 6950 XT which will feature the Navi 21 XTXH core by default, and apart from the 18 Gbps VRAM upgrade, the board TGP will also be bumped from 300 W to 350 W. This should allow the new model to compete against the elusive RTX 3090 Ti from Nvidia. The release window for the RX 6950XT is believed to be some time in April.
As for the RX 6750 XT and 6650 XT release dates, the sources are contradictory for now. MLID is suggesting that these are planned to release some time in Q2, while Coreteks and Greymon55 believe they could be pushed to June and even July.